Car maintenance is one thing most people don’t like to spend money on, but it’s necessary to do. The old saying goes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The same is true in the auto industry when it comes to auto repairs. Budgeting for unexpected repairs is difficult to do simply because you never know when an expensive repair will be necessary. However, if you budget for auto maintenance, you can get a better idea of what you’ll need to spend on your vehicle and the chances of an unexpected major repair will go down significantly. Here’s why budgeting for auto maintenance can reduce stress throughout the year.
Car Maintenance Can Prevent Major Repairs
Statistics show that about $1,000 worth of maintenance can prevent about $8,000 worth of repairs. Too many consumers make the mistake of thinking they are saving money each year by not taking their vehicle into an auto shop for routine maintenance. But what they are actually doing is just delaying the inevitable, which is a major repair bill later on that will likely exceed the cost of regular maintenance throughout the year. So by budgeting for several hundreds of dollars of maintenance to different components of your vehicle, you could be saving thousands of dollars of repairs down the road.
How Budgeting Can Reduce Stress
Budgeting for auto maintenance can reduce stress throughout the year because you already have money set aside if a more costly repair is required. You should budget for the cost of maintenance checkups as well as potential repairs. For example, many different factors can lead to you needing new brakes a little earlier than expected. So when you have some money planned for these types of repairs, the stress of knowing where the money will come from is eliminated. If you can budget for vehicle maintenance, you will have peace of mind knowing you’ll always have a safe vehicle to drive and you’ll be also significantly reducing the risk of major repairs later on.
Put Together An Auto Maintenance Plan At DeBoer’s Auto
Putting together an auto maintenance plan with DeBoer’s Auto can help you get a better idea of what your budget should look like every year. We can take a look at your vehicle’s wear and tear and make suggestions on what may need to be addressed over the next several months. And if it ends up that those repairs aren’t needed as early as expected, then you can roll it into your budget for next year or use the money on other things. We want to help you avoid unexpected repair bills, and putting together an auto maintenance plan is the best way to do it.
Reducing the stress of vehicle ownership is made easier when you can expect the unexpected to occur. Of course, some circumstances may occur that are impossible to plan for, but routine auto maintenance can make repair situations more predictable. If you need help or advice budgeting for auto repairs for the new year, contact us at any time, and we would be happy to help in any way we can.